Choreographer, Artistic Director
In her choreographic pieces, Paula Rosolen explores the intersection of dance, performance, music and theatre, drawing a line between the arts and a more universal vision of dance inherent in popular culture and everyday life.
Her subjects are always approached from a distinct point of view and intentionally placed in a foreign context. In Aerobics! – A Ballet in 3 Acts (2015), for example, she examined the unique phenomenon around fitness training developed for the U.S. Air Force which became a worldwide form of exercise. For this work, she was awarded first prize at international competition Danse Élargie, organized by the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and the Musée de la Danse in Rennes. She was also invited to the 2016 German Dance Platform. In Puppets (2016), PUNK‽ (2018) and FLAGS (2020) she continued to set her focus on peripheral topics in dance with a universal relatability.
Paula Rosolen studied dance at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and completed a master‘s degree in choreography at Justus Liebig University in Giessen. As an author, choreographer and director she has created original work and staged performances at several theatre houses and festivals. Her work has been shown at deSingel Arts Campus in Antwerp, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Theaterfestival Basel, Musée de la Danse in Rennes, European Festival for Contemporary Dance in Poland, Centro Cultural de la Cooperación in Buenos Aires, DPAC Kuala Lumpur, BE Festival in Birmingham, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts, TD Berlin, the Sophiensæle in Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, Museum Wiesbaden, Kampnagel in Hamburg, at the Cologne Opera and at Dance New Air Festival in Tokyo.
In addition to these performances, Rosolen has also held residencies at K3 Center for Choreography in Hamburg, Workspace Brussels, Hessian State Ballet, Goethe-Institute’s Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto and at Saison Foundation in Tokyo.
100:100 | Hommage an Merce Cunningham (2019)